City motorists can heave a sigh of relief with regard to parking fees after Governor Sonko announced a reduction in charges.

Beginning next month, motorists in Nairobi will pay Sh200 to park their vehicles within the city.

The Nairobi governor said his administration has already factored in the reduced parking fees, which City Hall had proposed to be increased to Sh400 last month, in the 2018 Finance Bill that is currently in the assembly.

“After consultations with various stakeholders, including ward representatives, we have agreed to slash the parking fees in order not to overburden motorists,” said Sonko on Monday.

The county boss, however, said that City Hall will review the parking fees in future after current projects to reduce congestion in the city centre are completed.

“I know that this (reducing the fees) will increase congestion in the city centre but again, we cannot punish Nairobi residents because the projects like BRT and construction of bus termini outside the CBD are still ongoing,” added Sonko.

Currently, motorists pay Sh300 per day after the parking fee was increased from Sh140 in 2013 by former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero.

The Bill seeking to increase parking fees to Sh400 was not debated because it was not allocated time, prompting the Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Robert Mbatia to request a one-week extension for debate.